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9/3/2013 1:47:00 PM Email this articlePrint this article 
Heat, humidity the big winner in Indians' opening x-c meet
EDWARDSVILLE - Mother Nature was the real winner Saturday, at the Metro-East Lutheran Invitational cross country meet to open the season.

While Lawrenceville High School girls team battled the extreme conditions to place 13th in a field of 34 full teams, the Indian boys never got the chance. After seeing so many casualties in the girls race, meet officials canceled the boys race, saying the risky conditions were just too severe.

The boys teams were at the starting line when the decision to not run the race was made.

Junior Hannah Holmes, running cross country for the first time this season, nearly pulled off a top-10 finish for the Indians, in a field of nearly 400 starters.

Holmes placed 13th with a time of 21:06. Heather Holmes, also running for the first time, placed 43rd in 22:58, while Hannah Burkhardt (80th in 25:15), Chelsea Shoulders (152nd in 28:01)and Macey Paddick (161st in 28:46) also scored for LHS. Heather Hill (234th in 32:17) also finished for the combined team of runners from Red Hill and Lawrenceville high schools.

LHS co-coach Bill Bandy noted that nearly 400 runners started the race, but only 319 finished. He added that approximately 40 runners needed medical attention after the race.

"Coach (John) Christy and I were both very proud of all the girls," Bandy said. "They managed a great run under very adverse conditions."

Decatur St. Teresa had three runners in the top 10 and placed its top five in the top 20 to easily win the race with 51 points. Rochester (139), Breese Mater Dei (157), Carlinville (167) and Mt. Zion (198) completed the top five.

Among area teams, Effingham St. Anthony beat the Indians, as it placed eighth with 270 points, while Lawrenceville ran 13th with 400. The Indians were ahead of Salem, which placed 18th with 520 points.

St. Anthony freshman Anna Sophia Keller was the class of the field, as she won the race by more than a minute. Keller finished in 18:08, ahead of Red Bud junior Deanna Deterding (19:17). St. Teresa senior Rachel Devereux (19:49), Belleville Althoff senior Savannah Ames (19:59) and St. Teresa senior Audrey Vandercar (20:31) completed the top five.

The Lawrence County team is slated to travel to Robinson today, where it hopes to find the conditions more favorable. Olney and St. Anthony will also complete, along with the host Maroons.


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